Mark Horo

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Mark Horo
Personal information
Full name Mark Gregory Horo
Playing information
Position Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Unknown (WRL)
Te Atatu Roosters
1990–94 Parramatta Eels 62 6 0 0 24
1995 Wests (NSWRL) 22 2 0 0 8
1996–97 Auckland Warriors 36 4 0 0 16
Total 120 12 0 0 48
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–1985 Waikato
19??–1985 Northern Districts
1986–89 Auckland
1986–88 New Zealand Māori
1987–95 New Zealand 16 1 0 0 4
Source: RLP

Mark Gregory Horo[1] is a New Zealand rugby league coach and former footballer of the 1980s, and 1990s. A New Zealand international representative, he played club football in New Zealand for Te Atatu and in Australia for Parramatta and Wests before finishing his career back in Auckland with the Warriors. Horo currently coached in New South Wales and is the co-coach of the New Zealand Māori team.

His son Justin Horo currently plays for the Manly Sea Eagles.

Playing career[edit]

Horo played at the 1985-1988 Rugby League World Cup and the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. In New Zealand he played for the Te Atatu Roosters in the Auckland Rugby League competition and he later represented the Parramatta Eels, Western Suburbs Magpies and the Auckland Warriors in Australian competitions. He played for the New Zealand Māori side at the 1986 Pacific Cup.[2]

Horo played Loose forward/Lock (replaced by Interchange/Substitute Mick McTigue) in Salford's 17–22 defeat by Wigan in the 1988 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1988–89 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 23 October 1988.[3]

Horo played 16 tests for the Kiwis over a ten-year period. He had stunning start to his international career starring in a 13-6 upset win over Australia. He held his Kiwi spot in 1988 with his brother Shane Horo playing in the 66-14 win over Papua New Guinea and the 12-10 win over Great Britain at the Addington Show Grounds in Christchurch. The following year he played against Australia before missing the 1989 Kiwi Tour.

He regained his Kiwi spot in 1990 under a new Kiwi coach, however for the next four seasons injuries and being out of favour with Kiwi coaches resulted in him not being selected, including missing the Kiwi tour in 1993 (hindsight suggests he and other shock omission Tony Iro should have been selected).

After Parramatta[edit]

Having difficulties at Parramatta, he moved to Western Suburbs. He played superbly and in 1995 regained his test jersey playing in all three world cup internationals for the kiwis. He was signed by the warriors on a 2-year contract after which he retired.

He played his last international in 1996.

Later years[edit]

Mark Horo previously coached the Erina Eagles of the Jim Beam Cup.[4]

In 2010 he was the co-coach of the New Zealand Māori side with Richie Blackmore.

Horo now coaches the Penrith Panthers S.G. Ball Cup squad.[5]

2015: Mark is now coaching A Grade at Glenmore Park Brumbies J.R.L.F.C


  1. ^ HORO, MARK GREGORY 1987 - 90, 1995 - 96 - KIWI #603 Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. pp. 224–226. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  3. ^ "1988–1989 Lancashire Cup Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ 1 Archived 2008-10-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [1]

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